Buddy bench rocks

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

MAN­NING Pri­mary School stu­dents have cre­ated a colour­ful pledge spread­ing aware­ness that bul­ly­ing is not ac­cept­able through its buddy bench art project.

Started as part of Bul­ly­ing No Way Day in March, the project had stu­dents paint more than 300 rocks with mes­sages of friend­ship and ac­cep­tance that were last month set into a path­way lead­ing to the school’s buddy bench, which was in­stalled in 2016.

Prin­ci­pal Craig Ashby said the buddy bench was a great way for chil­dren to make friends and de­velop new and positive re­la­tion­ships.

“Bul­ly­ing is some­thing that is sim­ply not tol­er­ated in our school and this ini­tia­tive was all about in­clu­sion and ac­cep­tance,” he said.

“The colour and painted rock art adds to the ex­pe­ri­ence (the bench) pro­vides for chil­dren.”

Par­ents and Ci­ti­zens as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Jo New­man said Bul­ly­ing No Way Day was one of the most suc­cess­ful events the school com­mu­nity or­gan­ised and one it was look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing ev­ery year.

“The feed­back has been phe­nom­e­nally positive (on the project) and there has been a lot of ex­cite­ment from stu­dents see­ing their cre­ation,” she said.

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